Debate about Habeck images: The Luftwaffe only recommends a mask

On the government flight to Canada, Vice Chancellor Habeck is not wearing a mask and is thus causing criticism.

Debate about Habeck images: The Luftwaffe only recommends a mask

On the government flight to Canada, Vice Chancellor Habeck is not wearing a mask and is thus causing criticism. The Air Force then made it clear that passengers on government aircraft are exempt from the mask requirement. The prerequisite for this is a negative PCR test.

When flying in the government aircraft of the Air Force, passengers who have been tested for Corona are free to wear a mask. "The user ensures that the delegation has passengers tested. Wearing a mask is only recommended," said an Air Force spokesman. And: "The hygiene measures on board the flight readiness regulates a squadron order. This takes into account the current situation and is constantly updated." The readiness to fly is in constant contact with the responsible experts in order to react to changes in the situation.

During the trip to Canada by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, footage from on board the government aircraft caused criticism. Habeck and numerous journalists can be seen without masks.

On Sunday, more than 80 passengers, including 25 media representatives, were on board the Air Force Airbus A340 on the flight from Berlin to Montreal, Canada. Photos and an ARD video show Economics Minister Habeck and journalists close together without mouth and nose protection. The prerequisite for traveling with you was a negative PCR test, which was no more than 24 hours old at the time of departure.

The general mask requirement imposed by the federal government continues to apply on Lufthansa flights to and from Germany. The airline confirmed this Tuesday in connection with reports. "A negative PCR test does not exempt you from wearing a mask," Lufthansa's social media team made clear for its own flights.

A company spokesman explained that the crews are obliged to inform all passengers of the obligation to carry them. For corona prevention, a medical or FFP2 mask must be worn, which can only be removed for a short time, for example to eat and drink. However, the company had already declared in May that, for safety reasons, it would no longer use all means to enforce the obligation to wear it, which has already been abolished in many other countries.

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